Hospitals In Need

International Milk Bank is answering the call of the U.S. Surgeon General for action to identify and address obstacles to greater availability of safe banked donor milk for fragile premature infants.

International Milk Bank has access to the lion’s share of available human donor milk and overcomes the previously critical shortage of donor milk to meet the growing demand.

Authoritative research in recent years leaves no question that human breast milk is the accepted standard for the nutrition of premature babies and other infants.  Rich in nutrition and the antibodies that help protect babies from infections; human milk is a critical element in the care of premature babies.


The American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012 observed:

“The potent benefits of human milk are such that all preterm infants should receive human milk. Mother’s own milk, fresh or frozen, should be the primary diet, and it should be fortified appropriately for the infant born weighing less than 1.5 kg.”

Rich in nutrients and antibodies, human breast milk helps guard babies against infections and conditions such as:

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Feeding intolerance and failure to thrive
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can lead to gastroenteritis, celiac disease and allergies
  • Osteopenia and rickets of prematurity
  • Prolonged TPN and related cholestasis
  • Nosocomial infections

Use of donor human milk also can help reduced prolonged and expensive hospitalization and can play a role in reducing obesity, diabetes and allergies later in life.

A rising demand, however, has created a large unmet need for human milk. International Milk Bank intends to provide a solution to meet the immediate needs of each community.

We understand the crucial shortage of human donor milk. We understand, too, the complexity due to lack of standardization. Professionals in neonatal intensive care and pediatrics units face daunting challenges as they are required to process and test non-standardized human milk products.
You can be confident that International Milk Bank will deliver the safest and most cost-effective human milk products to you. International Milk Bank utilizes proprietary methods to exceed current safety standards and deliver consistent quality. International Milk Bank is focused on making the greatest possible impact to support the most vulnerable premature infants.

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